If spotty, congested skin is the bane of your life, you might want to make a few tweaks to your skincare regime (or even start one if you haven’t already). Your skin repairs and regenerates itself during the night, so in the evening is the best time to apply skincare, to clear away all of the grime and excess oil that may have built up during the day and get your complexion looking the best it can – even if you only have a few minutes spare.
Read on for our easy-to-follow guide on the perfect night time routine for clear skin.
Sleeping in your makeup is the ultimate no-no where skincare is concerned. Not only can it make your complexion congested and spotty, but it can also leave it dull and tired-looking. (Plus, you don’t want to wake up with last night’s gunk all over your face and pillow!) So, make sure you remove every last scrap before lights out. As a pre-cleanse, we love the Goodbye Makeup Remover by Sioris, which makes light work of removing makeup, even long-lasting formulas, while leaving your skin feeling hydrated and cared for.
Spotty skin tends to produce too much oil – which spot-causing bacteria just loves to feed on, hence why you get breakouts and acne. It also gives the skin a greasy or shiny appearance. A foaming cleanser is perfect for spot-prone skin as it sweeps away excess oil. Benton Honest Cleansing Foam contains a hydrating formula, making the skin less oily without drying it out.
Using an exfoliator twice or three times a week can gently buff away dead skin cells (that can otherwise clog pores and lead to spots). A gorgeous treat for a sleepy Sunday evening is Philosophy’s Nature In A Jar Jojoba Gentle Warming Exfoliator, which warms upon contact with the skin and contains nourishing apricot and jojoba oil. While gents might want to try Clinique For Men Oil Control Exfoliating Tonic, which is also great for unclogging congested skin.
Spot-prone clean sometimes need a little extra help so it can look its best. Using a facemask several times a week will help lift out impurities and excess oil, so blemishes are less likely to crop up. Australian BodyCare Tea Tree Face Mask contains detoxifying clay and antibacterial tea tree oil to prevent new spots from forming and clear up current breakouts.
If you want calm, clear skin, salicylic acid is your secret weapon – working on a microscopic level, it dissolves the gunk that gets trapped in your pores and causes spots. Nip + Fab’s Salicylic Fix Serum Extreme contains 2% salicylic acid and hydrating and soothing aloe vera to leave skin clear, calm and quenched.
Bacteria can build up on your pillowcases (and consequently on your face) if you don’t wash them regularly. Pop yours in the washing machine at least once a week to keep them clean and your skin clear.
Drinking water can help flush out toxins in the body that can lead to spots. Chug at least two litres a day for clear skin.
It’s not an old wives tale – consuming too much sugar (such as in sweets, chocolate, and fizzy drinks) can cause your skin.
Aim to get seven to nine quality hours of sleep a night (we know, easier said than done sometimes). Some studies show there may be a link between inflammation on the skin and being tired. Whether this is true or not for your breakouts, getting some shut-eye can certainly reduce stress level, which has also been linked to skin concerns.
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